Air Police / Security Police
Security Police Squadron: A complex Security Police network is maintained
at each U.S. Air Force installation in South Vietnam; captured prisoners
have related that because of the high cost they would have to pay
to break through some heavily guarded base perimeters, they were forced
to seek more vulnerable targets.
(Photo above: A Sentry and his dog make their nightly rounds in dark silence. Normally indecernible, a Security Police perimeter patrol force are illuminated by both their on tracers, slap flares, and the photographer's strobe light as they fire on a target.)
Since the 1968 communist Tet offensive, many Seventh Air Force Security Police have found themselves, on occasion, performing in a role usually reserved to an Army's infantry---that of a defensive rifleman, holding off an opposing force until reinforcements and tactical air support could be brought in to deal a knock out blow to the enemy.